Lê Vĩnh Tài | he pulled me up against his body (243)

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


he pulled me up against his body

on fire


my heart bled



and gently


he kept touching it

until upon death

I’m alive.


chàng kéo em lên để chống lại cơ thể của chàng

trên lửa


trái tim em chảy máu



và mềm


chàng cứ chạm vào 

cho đến khi em

chết đi sống lại…


MARCH 2021


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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